United Kingdom Prime Minister Boris Johnson has announced he will resign after several scandals and numerous ministerial resignations left him without the authority needed to deliver his government’s policies.
At a briefing to journalists in front of the PM’s official residence, 10 Downing Street, Johnson said he would remain as prime minister for another few months while his Conservative Party elects a new leader, likely to be in time for the annual Conservative Party conference in October, although some in the government are calling for him to quit immediately.
“It is clearly now the will of the Parliamentary Conservative Party that there should be a new leader of that party and therefore a new prime minister. … The process of choosing that new leader should begin now, and the timetable will be announced next week. I have today appointed a cabinet to serve, as I will, until a new leader is in place,” he said.
However, Johnson could be prevented from staying on by the 1922 Committee, a long-standing group of Conservative members of Parliament who decide the process of party elections.